My name is Elissa O’Donnell and I am thrilled to be returning to the Redwood class as the lead teacher next school year. I have been with CMP since 2015. Last school year I completed my teaching credential from CalState Teach (CSUS-Fresno) and have started the Montessori Elementary I Program at the Montessori Training Center in Shingle Springs this past summer.
I bring a unique set of skills and talents to the Redwood classroom. As a long time Club M employee and as an educator with a background in Recreation Management, I am looking forward to incorporating new activities I have taught in the past such as food preparation, sewing, and performing arts. My favorite topics to teach are math, writing, and cultural subjects (science, history). I am passionate about Montessori education because of its emphasis on teaching children through hands-on experience; its focus on emotional and social growth; and its incorporation of time-management skills starting at an early age.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my two dogs and my family. I enjoy reading, yoga and cooking.